Postgraduate study
Art & Design

MA Digital Arts and Design with Advanced Practice

Digital technology plays a significant role in the new digital and creative economies and in a progressive digital society. This programme uses digital lab and digital projects to innovate creative solutions to real-world issues. You are encouraged to mediate between people, places and technology in asking the bigger questions that put people, innovation and design at the centre of the digital economy.

Course information

Full-time

  • 2 years

More full-time details

January 2018 entry

September 2018 entry

Part-time

  • Not available part-time

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  • Facilities

    Art and design facilities

    Study art or design at Teesside University and you can use our dedicated print room, media centre, soundproof recording studios, green-screen production studios, Mac and PC labs, wood workshop, 3D printing, metalworking and welding, and fashion and textiles studios.

 

Digital practice lies at the heart of this course. It seeks to build an understanding of current and emerging technologies and their application, as well as specialist expertise in your chosen area of digital art or design practice. You are encouraged to work in collaboration with others where appropriate.

You learn through initiatives and activities that stimulate and develop creative practice, problem-solving, manufacture and distribution. Thinking, making and observation are applied to practical and social contexts. Your playful and fictional approaches are encouraged through workshops and connections with international events and research projects. The progrramme is an opportunity to enhance your qualification by spending one semester completing a vocational internship, research internship or by studying abroad. Although we can’t guarantee an internship, we can provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own internship position. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge. Alternatively, a research internship develops your research and academic skills as you work as part of a research team in an academic setting – ideal if you are interested in a career in research or academia. A third option is to study abroad in an academic exchange with one of our partner universities. This option does incur additional costs such as travel and accommodation. You must also take responsibility for ensuring you have the appropriate visa to study outside the UK, where relevant.

The programme begins with a group research project, sharing information and references from diverse sources. Collecting and analysing information from a theme of common interest helps to develop your awareness of the subject from multiple perspectives. Stage one involves developing professional skills, ideas, research, project work and the opportunity for co-working, partnerships and collaborations. Your interests are evaluated for their enterprise potential and innovative outputs are proposed. 

In stage one, you also develop your professional skills to build your digital expertise and skills in research. Stage two culminates in a feasibility study for a negotiated research project. Stage three enhances your learning through practice with the potential to spend one semester working full time in industry, on a major research project, or studying or working abroad. Finally, stage four enables you to complete major project work, supported by regular tutorial contact and studio interaction.

Course structure

Core modules

Creative Interaction

You expand perceptions of the nature and process of art and/or design and explore areas of commonality across discipline boundaries. You work to a common theme of mutual interest and use advanced techniques to develop your ability to gather information, conduct and use research in order to enrich the creative process. You explore the discipline boundaries - artists and designers interact to: investigate possibilities, research the theme, create individual responses, make proposals and identify sites and formats for the display and dissemination of your work. Alongside this project work you explore the philosophical contexts of art and/or design and consider how ideas and issues relate to current and future practice. You are learn study skills for academic research, with consistent use of referencing systems and ethical, accurate citation of sources.

Professional Skills

You develop an understanding of the practical and strategic uses of digital arts and design used within the professional workplace. You extend and deepen your digital skills and expertise and understanding of how these skills are applied in your chosen area of creative practice. You can extend your own studio expertise by identifying challenges, exploring innovative solutions and advancing your understanding of the concepts underlying your work and the context in which it is produced. You also address a range of other pivotal factors that relate to professional skills development and enterprise success in the creative fields.

Project Realisation

You bring your design project ideas to your fullest fruition, taking into account all aspects researched and developed in the preceding Research and Development module. You are encouraged to demonstrate a high level of professional competence in the realisation of your projects and have a deep understanding of the social and philosophical context in which you are practising. You are also expected to realise the enterprise potential of your ideas and to understand the future possibilities and contexts in which your ideas will exist.

Research and Development

You explore and define the parameters of your own professional practice and research interests. You are encouraged to: develop understanding and gain experience in research as an academic discipline and as part of the creative process; define and develop ideas through creative exploration; consider and evaluate the potential of project proposals for future realisation; engage in activities, projects and networking appropriate to plans and aspirations; gain relevant experience; explore local, regional, national and global opportunities; research and reflect upon the social, philosophical and professional contexts in which you are working; test possibilities and develop the enterprise potential of your ideas.

 

Advanced Practice options

Research Internship

Develop your research and academic skills by undertaking a research internship within the University. Experience working as part of a research team in an academic setting – ideal if you are interested in a career in research or academia.

Study Abroad

Take part in an academic exchange with one of our partner universities and experience study, student life and culture in a different environment. This option offers a valuable life experience and enhances your ability to adapt to working and living internationally. This option does incur additional costs such as travel and accommodation. You must also take responsibility for ensuring you have the appropriate visa to study outside the UK, where relevant.

Vocational Internship

Spend one semester working full-time in industry. We have close links with a variety of local companies who can offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and professional skills in the workplace through an internship. Although we can’t guarantee you an internship, we will provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own internship position. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

This programme enables you to progressively build on your knowledge and experience. At MA level it is vital that you take an active role in structuring your own learning, and engage with the relevant methods and underpinning theories of your discipline.

At Teesside University, teaching and learning is student-centred. You develop your knowledge, skills and practice through a variety of appropriate teaching and learning strategies. We constantly review our methods and the philosophy behind them to ensure they remain relevant, rigorous and progressive.

Tutorials, seminars and workshops enable you to apply key learning principles to your day-to-day interactions. Individual support, provided by a personal tutor, is an integral feature of the learning and teaching strategy. Research is also an intrinsic part of your study. 

Approaches to teaching and learning tend to have the following underlying principles:

  • develop professional responsibility and autonomy in learning to ensure the integration of theory and practice
  • enable active and co-operative learning
  • provide flexible and negotiated assessment opportunities directly related to the individual learning context
  • resources which match programme outcomes and needs
  • practical workshops that introduce specific skills, followed by independent learning, project work, tutorials and critiques.

How you are assessed

Your assessments are primarily in-course assessments – you submit work during the module rather than sit timed exams at the end.

Design modules are generally project based and primarily assessed through appraising your portfolio of work, often accompanied by a verbal presentation. Art and design work is largely developmental and you are assessed on your problem-solving process as well as the result, so it is essential you provide clear evidence of your development work.

Work placement

There may be short-term placement opportunities for some students, particularly during the project phase of the course.

Career opportunities

Graduates have the opportunity to go on to a range of design-related employment, develop new enterprise propositions or receive project funding to take their ideas to market.

You can work across a broad range of design-related employment requiring specialist digital knowledge and skills. Further study at doctoral level is also an option.

Entry requirements

You normally need to have a good undergraduate degree in a design discipline, relevant experience or equivalent qualifications. You will normally be interviewed and are required to present a portfolio of work. 

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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Course information

Full-time

  • 2 years

More full-time details

January 2018 entry

September 2018 entry

Part-time

  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information